Association a good name in that section where there weren't
too many sympathizers now.
"We'll get those babies, too," Mr. Christian said, and
whistled through his yellow teeth.
With gravity, Captain Todd shook his head. " Maybe," he
replied, "and maybe not. A lot of 'em up there are a mite
ornery. Half those folks went with the Yankees in the war."
"I don't care if they went with the Turks," Mr. Christian
declared. "A hand of tobacco is a hand of tobacco, and I
like any Yankee I ever saw a hell of a sight better'n I like a
The meeting was soon over. The men shoved back their
chairs gratingly, and rose. Mr. Christian came and stood
beside Mr. Munn. The Senator and Captain Todd remained
by the windows, talking. The other men began to go from
the room, the footsteps resounding hollowly on the wooden
stairs beyond. When all except the two men by the window
had gone, Mr. Christian said: " Perse, the Senator and Cap-
tain Todd and me are going to eat over at Wilson's, we got
a room reserved in the back. We want you to come with us."
Mr. Munn, hesitating, said that it was mighty nice, and
Mr. Christian put his hand on Mr. Munn's shoulder and
urged, " You better; it's the only chance you got to get a bite
with this mob in town."
Mr. Munn answered that he appreciated the invitation and
would go. And at that Mr. Christian called to the men by
the window that Perse was going with them to eat and that
he himself would meet them at Wilson's, for he had to go
get Sukie. Mr. Christian went down the stairs with a great
clatter, and Mr. Munn was left alone by the door. Captain
Todd, apparently, cut short his conversation, and came
toward Mr. Munn, moving with his easy gait that gave no
hint of impending age. That always struck Mr. Munn, how
the man carried his years, and it struck him now; and now
it struck him that of all the people present Captain Todd
was the only man who had seemed fully himself, not nervous